We are 2 adults and 1 8-yr old, and stayed in these villas for 9 nights during the June/July 2012 school holidays. Ilena and her husband are the property managers, and they are delightful to deal with. She booked us into a beautiful 3 bedroomn villa, #25, complete with plunge pool and jacuzzi. Unfortunately the weater was too cold to use the outdoor jazuzzi or the pool during the time we were there. Cairns doesn't seem to use heaters for anything outdoors, so my suggestion is not to go until it warms up there, such as during September/October.
The villa was beautiful, but unusual. The bathrooms are also beautiful, with sunken jet tub overlooking the outside gardens, and huge showers. The achitecture combines the outside with the inside, which was the part we didn't like. My daughter's room was quite far away from our room, and leaving her door cracked open at night meant that anything from the jungle backing onto our villa could crawl into her room at night, or worse, anyone can litterly wander into the garden area and into any of the rooms if they are not locked, because the villas are open aired. Open aired also mean bugs, so on a few occasions I had to wash an army of ants out of our bathroom and spray a nest of spiders out of the shower down the drain! My husband could also not sleep pretty much our entire stay because of the noisy birds in the jungle behind our villa. It really is an experience staying here :-)
There were problems with the villa as well, and this could be due to them shutting down and newly reopening. The microwave didn't work, there was only one frying pan which wasn't non stick and very difficult to cook eggs with. The fancy stove top was difficult to use, the dvd player didn't work until the video guy across the street was called in to fix it for us, and on the last night when we had to turn the heater on in my daughter's bedroom (because it was so cold) we couldn't get it to work and when it started to blow cold air we could not turn it off. Thank god for the 3rd bedroom, otherwise she wouldn't have had a place to sleep our last night!
Whilst a 100% working villa could have a rating of 4-5 stars, I'm rating this property 3 stars for the following reasons:
*there are no facilities, concierge, restaurant, or really anything else to make you want to hang out at this resort expect for the nice villa. They were suppose to open a restaurant on July 1, but we didn't hear anything during our stay and decided to dine out.
*there is only 1 cafe across the street from the villas that you can walk to. It is EXPENSIVE. A simple breakfast for the 3 of us cost over $60, which wasn't worth it. Better to buy groceries and cook your own breakfast.
*these villas are not on the beach and the only view is the jungle from your back yard
*you will need a car to get around- Port Douglas town is about a 10 minute drive away.
*the villas are only cleaned one every 4 nights, and the clean was terrible. They must have only spent 30 minutes, or less, cleaning the villa as the floors were still dirty and spider webs were left in the kitchen after the clean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Self Contained Accommodation nestled in lush tropical surrounds. Architecturally designed for all your senses, you will feel Niramaya's subtle energy and swim in its natural beauty. The fragrance of frangipani floats on the light breeze - through soaring pavilions, into private courtyards and over the lillipad dotted lakes. Niramaya, literally, rejuvenation of the body through returning oneself to nature, is a boutique sanctuary of exclusive villas set amongst 15 hectares of gardens in Australia's tropical north. Have a workout in the gym, or unwind with a few laps in the 30m infinity edge pool. For something more relaxing, disappear in the pages of a book or indulge in a soothing massage or facial in the privacy of your own villa, Niramaya is luxurious and intensely private. A short stroll takes you to the coconut fringed sands of Four Mile Beach - and leads all the way to the chic village of Port Douglas where the regions famous cuisine, culture and character awaits. ... more less
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